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  • LODGING: A 4-night stay at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester CT, which has lovely B&B-style rooms. REGISTRATION is on Friday Sept 2 (2022) at 1 pm and CHECKOUT is on Tuesday Sept 6 (2022) at 10 am.

  • MEALS: Three healthy, delicious expertly-prepared meals each day, including great vegetarian options. Friday dinner through Tuesday breakfast is included.

  • TUITION includes all of this and more:

    • Songwriting classes each day, led by some of America's premiere touring singer-songwriters

    • Elective classes each day, covering topics related to songwriting, such as performance, guitar, vocals, and the business side of music

    • Small class size, lots of individual attention

    • One-on-one coaching from members of our team of excellent Instructors

    • Opportunities for live performance in a professional listening room setting

    • Lots of networking and fun with other aspiring musicians all weekend long

    • Late-night song circles all weekend long

    • A sweet bag of swag, including a nice journal

    • A pizza party on closing night (Monday night)

Prices are ALL-INCLUSIVE and include Tuition, Lodging, Meals, Facility fees, Taxes, etc.
   PRIVATE ROOM: $1400 per person
   SHARED DOUBLE ROOM: $1200 per person
   SHARED TRIPLE ROOM: $1100 per person
   FULL-TIME COMMUTER: $800 per person (does not include Tuesday breakfast)


Please note: If you are a PIONEER (meaning you attended NESR I in 2016), you get a $100 discount off the above prices :)

Please note: There will no longer be a one-day Commuter option, as it’s become clear that immersion in the full weekend provides the best experience for everyone.

Enrollment will be announced in January 2022:

  -Here on this website

  -On Facebook (NESR Page and NESR Group)

  -Via email (subscribe to the mailing list below)

If Guest House or NESR cancels, you will receive a full refund.


If YOU cancel, the following refunds apply:
   Cancel by June 3: Full refund
   Cancel by July 3: 50% refund
   Cancel by August 3: 25% refund
   Cancel after August 3: No refund


Q: What if I'm brand new to songwriting?

A: No problem - we'd love to have you! Students' experience ranges from never having written a song to having written many dozens. All are welcome and encouraged.

Q: What if I'm brand new to playing guitar?

A: Again, no problem - we'd love to have you! Most Students bring a guitar to the Retreat and experience ranges from true beginner to advanced. All are welcome and encouraged.


Q: What if piano is my main instrument?

A: No problem - we'd love to have you! A handful of Students (maybe 10%) play piano instead of guitar. While we will make every effort to provide multiple keyboards at the Retreat, please bring an electronic keyboard if piano is your main instrument.

Q: What if I don't play an instrument at all?

A: The great majority of Students do bring a guitar to the Retreat, and it's a very helpful tool for songwriting. However, of course it's possible to write songs without an instrument in hand, so we'd love to have you.

Q: Can I bring my spouse, who would not be taking classes?

A: We're happy to accommodate. Please email Laurie at for details and prices.

Q: Is it fun?

A: Yes.

MORE QUESTIONS? Just email Laurie at

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